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Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept,  an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address. 


Pluralism refers to theories or societies in which power is dispersed among a number of different groups. Some pluralists argue that their theory describes the way in which political systems actually operate, at least within advanced western societies. Others see pluralism as a moral theory about how states and societies should order themselves. So, pluralists believe that power either is or ought to be spread out among more or less autonomous groups within the political system or even society at large. Some pluralists argue that as many decisions as possible should be devolved away from the central state to these groups. Others suggest that public policies arise, or should arise, from the interactions between the various groups, where these interactions might be competitive or ...

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